1997

January 4


Main Street, U.S.A.:
Carnation Ice Cream Parlor closes
Blue Ribbon Bakery closes in preparation for move to former Carnation Ice Cream Parlor (reopened in new location, March 21, 1997; area replaced by Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, March 21, 1997)


-January 6
New Orleans Square:
Pirates of the Caribbean closes for 30th Anniversary renovation (reopens and is rededicated, March 7, 1997)


Tomorrowland:
Rocket Jets close


-February
Fantasyland:
The Sanctuary of Quasimodo closes (replaced by Knight Shop, August 16, 1997)


-March 7
New Orleans Square:
Pirates of the Caribbean reopens from 30th Anniversary renovation and is rededicated


-March 21
Main Street, U.S.A.:
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Carnation Cafe
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
Penny Arcade reopened as extension of Candy Palace


-April
Fantasyland:
Le Petit Chalet Gifts


Tomorrowland:
All scaffolding removed from the Carousel Theater (replaced by Innoventions, Spring, 1998)


-April 7
Tomorrowland:
Captain EO closes


-May
Frontierland:
Festival of Foods renamed Big Thunder Barbecue
Gullywhumper keel boat tips over


-May 13

Light Magic Annual Passholder Party


-May 23

Light Magic debuts
“Light Magic: A Spectacular Journey” airs


-June 1

Final day of The Lion King Celebration


-June 14

Disney’s Hercules Victory Parade (New York City)


-June 27

Hercules Victory Parade debuts


-July 7
Tomorrowland:
Monorail begins operating in one direction only due to Disney’s California Adventure construction


-July 11
New Orleans Square:
“Looking at the Future – Tomorrowland: 1955-1998” debuts in honor of the Disney Gallery’s 10th Anniversary


-July 25
Tomorrowland:
Rocket Rods begin testing


-July 31

Last original cast member (Bob Penfield) retires, and is honored with a window on Main Street


-August 4
Tomorrowland:
Star Tours new indoor queue opened
Space Mountain speedramps closed


-August 6
Tomorrowland:
Space Mountain speedramp catches fire before Park opens as demolition continues


-August 16
Fantasyland:
Knight Shop


-August 25
Tomorrowland:
Alpine Gardens closes


-September 1

Light Magic’s final day in its original form


-September 4
Fantasyland:
Spirit of Pocahontas’ final day


-September 8
Tomorrowland:
Circle-Vision closes


-September 11
Tomorrowland:
Astro-Orbitor installed


-November 14
Main Street, U.S.A.:
Disneyland Railroad rededicated by Michael Broggie
“The Little Mermaid and Her Secret Grotto” premiers at Carnation Plaza Gardens


-November 25
Fantasyland:
“it’s a small world holiday” Lighting Ceremony


-November 27
Fantasyland:
“it’s a small world holiday” (removed, January 25, 1998; “it’s a small world” reopens, ? ?, 1998)


-December 13
Mickey’s Toontown:
Toon-Up Treats


-December 20
Tomorrowland:
Walls around entrance removed, allowing for a clear view of the Astro-Orbitor

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